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Join me on Poverty Road

Sort of a last-minute announcement: I’m reading tomorrow night in Southbury, CT. You should, uh, come.

I’m doing this sort of as a favor to Thomas Hahn, an old friend who had organized this reading. Someone else scheduled to be there dropped out suddenly, and Tommy asked if I could fill in. For some reason, which I can’t remember now, I agreed.

I’ll be reading a combo of poetry and some short fiction, probably. I haven’t picked anything out yet, so who knows. Anyway, here are the vitals from Tommy:

“An Evening of Fiction and Poetry”
Friday, April 29 – 7pm
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT

It’s on Poverty Road, people. Poverty Road.

If you’re one of my Albany friends and would like to come, maybe give me a call or email and we can arrange a carpool. It’s a two-and-a-half hour drive. Bring snacks.

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A fiction piece of mine called “Vignette” is up today at Weirdyear, a site that updates daily with flash fiction. I’d tell you more about it, but I’m running the risk of this blog post being longer than the actual piece. Just go check it out.

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Well, isn’t that interesting

Some blogs I read linked to this “I Write Like” analyzer, where you paste in a bunch of text and it tells you what famous writer it sounds like. Of course, I tried it. I thought I’d share some results.

When I pasted in my story “The Other End” (which, holy smokes, you can read here), my results were:

I write like...Margaret Mitchell

I might mention that I’ve never read anything by Margaret Mitchell.

Okay, so let’s try something easier. How about “A Metaphor,” which is a clear homage to Raymond Chandler and even begins with a quotation from him…

I write like...Chuck Palahniuk

Hm. Okay. I’ve at least read a lot of Palahniuk, so I’m willing to believe it’s rubbed off on my writing somewhat.

But let’s try pasting in the same story, but this time include the actual epigraph from Chandler — which is, by the way, “When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.”

I write like...Raymond Chandler

Ah, there we go. Apparently Raymond Chandler and Chuck Palahniuk are more closely related than I would have thought. Just a few words difference, really.

One more test. I paste in the first few pages of my top secret, heavily guarded, much-rumored-about novel…

I write like...James Joyce

Ha! This one’s kind of funny. The book does make what I hope are sly, fancy-pants allusions to Ulysses throughout. However, I don’t think the actual writing style reads anything like Joyce.

So, if this text analyzer can be trusted at all,  it seems I write like a number of famous authors, with a wide variety of styles, some of whom I’ve never actually read.

Or, I’d say, they write like me.

But the main conclusion I can draw from this is: I have spent too much time playing with this thing.

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Sorry, wrong number

phoneI’ve got a new flash-fiction piece up on the Interwebs that you might like to check out. just published “The Other End” in their 38th online issue.

It’s a short story about a phone call, with characters named Jacob and Mary, because I apparently get all my character names from the Bible.

Once again, I’m in good company, and you should check out the other stuff in the issue too. After you’ve poured over my shining work of brilliance, of course.

Happy new year.

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Me, Raymond Chandler, and a metaphor

catalonianAs promised, I’ve got some news about a fiction publication.

The Catalonian Review, a pretty neat online lit journal, just posted a flash-fiction piece of mine in their newest edition.

You should go read it. It’s called “A Metaphor,” and opens with a quotation I love from Raymond Chandler, master of the detective novel.

You might like it. At the very least, it’s short.